Community Court

Olympia Community Court

What is Community Court?

Community Court is a non-traditional approach that works to provide practical, targeted solutions rather than traditional punishment.

Working together with community partners specializing in housing services, education, employment, chemical dependency, health care, licensing, mental health services, and veterans services we offer the individual a hand-up, with the goal of restoring the person and community.

If eligible, the following offenses may be referred by the Prosecutor/Public Defender to Community Court:

  • Camping
  • Carry Concealed Weapon
  • Criminal Impersonation
  • Disorderly Conduct (except assaultive behavior)
  • DWLS3 (Driving with License Suspended)
  • Failure to Respond to Notice of Infraction
  • False Statement to a Public Servant
  • Graffiti
  • Hindering Law Enforcement
  • Littering
  • Malicious Mischief
  • Marijuana Possession
  • Minor Exhibiting Effects
  • MIP (Minor in Possession)
  • Obstructing Justice
  • Pedestrian Interference
  • Possession of Dangerous Weapon
  • Possession of Stolen Property
  • Property Damage
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Supply Liquor to Minors
  • Theft 3
  • Trespass (except trespass on residential property)
  • Unlawful Issuance of Bank Checks
  • Urinating in Public
  • Use of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Vehicle Prowl 2nd Degree
  • Violation of Exclusion Order

Olympia Community Court has been chosen to serve as one of only four Mentor Courts in the nation by the Center for Court Innovation. We will serve as a model for the field nationally and will host and advise other courts that need guidance on developing a Community Court. Read the story...

When is Community Court?

  • Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Olympia Municipal Court, Courtroom 2, 900 Plum St SE

Our partners


The Department of Social Health Services, Economic Services Administration, Community Services Division has 52 Community Service Offices statewide. DSHS can do eligibility determination for basic food (SNAP and FAP), Cash Assistance (TANF, ABD, and RCW), Medical Assistance (ABD/Apple Health/RMA), and housing and essential needs (HEN). DSHS Community Services Division can make referrals to other agency divisions based on need.

Family Education and Support Services

Family Education and Support Services is a collaborative nonprofit agency dedicated to improving outcomes for youth by supporting the adults who influence them. Our evidence based strategies include intervention and prevention approaches aimed at making long-lasting improvements for the safety, educational success, and overall- health and well-being of children, youth and families.

Family Support Center of South Sound

Family Support Center of South Sound's mission is "Working Together to Strengthen All Families" and provides comprehensive, co-located services to families with children and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. This includes operating Pear Blossom Place, the region's largest homeless family shelter, distribution of rapid re-housing, coordinated entry, family resource services, confidential advocacy, basic need items, and more. Learn more...

League of Women Voters of Thurston County

The nonpartisan League of Women Voters is dedicated to encouraging informed participation of all citizens in the political process. League members help individuals to register to vote and urge people to actively exercise their right to vote in every election.Any person 16 and older may become a voting member of the League. Learn more...

Northwest Justice Project

Northwest Justice Project provides free civil legal services to people who cannot afford a lawyer. Clients must either be low income or age 60 and above. NJP helps people with many different kinds of problems including housing (landlord/tenant), public benefits (TANF, food stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, etc), SS/SSI, domestic violence, abuse, consumer debt, and special education issues. Learn more...

Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council

Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council is a partner with Work Source that helps find employment opportunities for those in need. Pacific Mountain will help with employment security and developing job-finding skills such as creating resumes, cover letters, and applications. Learn more...

Pinnacle Peak

Pinnacle Peak Institute is a non-profit charity, family and education service center. They provide out-patient mental health and drug and alcohol treatment services for adults, programs for family members, and training and education classes for agencies and counselors. Pinnacle Peak conducts mental health and drug and alcohol assessments.


Partners in Prevention Education (PIPE) is a violence prevention organization and community resource center. They can help provide advocacy, therapy, and prevention services for homeless, street-dependent, and/or LGBTQ young people who are survivors of violence.


Sea Mar is a community health center that specializes in medical, dental, and mental/behavioral health assistance. Sea Mar can help with enrollment in health insurance and finding medical clinics to fit each person’s individual set of needs. They can also help with applying or renewing healthcare applications or food stamps. Learn more...


SideWalk helps men and women without children experiencing homelessness in the Thurston County community. Sidewalk can help with screening for local shelters and can conduct a Vulnerability Index to assess your level of need. They also maintain a vulnerability based waitlist for Drexel Housing and Quixote Village. Learn more...

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC)

SPSCC has many options for education that tailor to the specific goals, interests and learning styles of their students including; adult basic education, office career training, automotive service training, and options to get a diploma/GED (ages 21 and up). They also provide help with financial aid services and enrollment. Learn more...

Village Vans/Intercity Transit

Intercity Transit's Village Vans program is a FREE job skills and driver training program designed to help individuals build a career. In addition, Village Vans provides FREE transportation to help you look for work, get to medical appointments or the grocery store, and more. Learn more...


YWCA Olympia Economic Empowerment Program (EEP) is a holistic, cultural and gender-relevant, trauma-informed workforce development program preparing unemployed and underemployed trans and cis women and non-binary folks for living wage jobs.

Capital Recover Center

Community Youth Services


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